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Why We Love Lauren Herman

Lauren Herman has been the chef de cuisine at Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s the a.o.c. for five years after having worked at a.o.c.’s sister restaurant, Lucques

As a native Angeleno, Herman is dedicated to fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu at a.o.c. is as good as it gets in LA: The Farmer’s Plate has autumn vegetables, muhammara & chickpea puree, burrito & grilled toast. Everything from the wood oven is delicious: clams with sherry, garlic & toast or a.o.c. style raclette-potato, cornichon & mustard.

When COOKGIRL hosted the kick-off to the LOS ANGELES PROJECT at the a.o.c. in early June, Lauren was at the helm and created the most delicious meal imaginable. To the delight of our guests, the buffet included Manchego & Quince paste with romesco aioli and marcona almonds; Dungeness Crab salad on cucumber; Bacon-wrapped Dates with parmesan; Tomato Confit focaccia; Spanish Fried Chicken; Grilled White Sea Bass; Cauliflower with curry & red wine vinegar and then a Dessert Platter.

Lauren and Chef Suzanne Goin were co-showcased at LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade event in September 2015, featuring the best-of-the-best Lamb Bacon BLT and Black Olive Focaccia. These are chefs who give back and care and inspire others to do the same.

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